If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed this Berlinale, try trading in the city-wide sprawl for a more localized whirlwind: the Berlin International Director’s Lounge is a patchwork hybrid of media and art that manages to fit its full mania into one venue over 11 days.
This 10th miscellany of features and short films, video art, installations and performance, and every kind of morsel in-between, all wrapped up in an atmosphere of open mingling you’re unlikely to find on a Berlinale carpet, is hosted by former GDR den Naherholung Sternchen.
The nomad happening has been slipping into town since 2005 to sate cravings you didn’t realise you had, (whether filmic, artistic or festive) receiving visits and entries from Guy Maddin and Anton Corbijn over the years and hosting pieces and performance from the familiar to the seriously far-out.
Still to come are Chambre Cross’s art party (Wed 21:30) Dieter Rita Scholl’s hypnotic gender-tangling cabaret (Wed 22:30) and more films, performances and shorts than you can shake a Sterni at. Sunday brings a final feast of short films (19:00), a highlights reel of the sweetmeats you might have missed (21:00) (photo), and a last chance to cut footloose and filmic with a closing set helmed by sepulchral Pale Music skipper Steve Morell (22:30).
Through Feb 16 | Naherholung Sternchen, Berolinastr. 7, Mitte, U-Bhf Schillingstr., directorslounge.net